Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Harlequin Teen (11.26.2013)
eARC, 304 pages
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
I did not like The Goddess Test at all, so even though this sounded interesting I didn’t go in with high hopes. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Aimee’s writing has come a long way!
I loved the idea of this book. I thought it was fascinating how people had to take a test at 17 years of age to determine how their life would be. They were marked by a number I – VII; the higher the number, the higher your rank. It was pretty awesome as far as dystopian goes!
The premise was cool, too. Changing someone’s whole physical structure to look like someone else? Awesome! For some reason the idea of body doubles fascinates me. The only thing that bothered me about that was that they picked Kitty for her eyes. Nevermind her facial features being similar, she had the unique eye color of Lila that they couldn’t find anywhere else.
“Did you know that eye color is the one thing we cannot change? Experiments have been done, of course, but ninety percent of those who attempt the alteration are instantly blinded. The other ten percent go blind within a year.”
Um, contacts….? Wouldn’t it be easier to pop some colored contacts in someone’s eyes rather than changing everything else about them? That just didn’t make sense to me. They can ‘elongate the bones’ in her legs, though. I tried not to think too much about that, and rather focus on the idea of it instead.
While I didn’t particularly care about the romance – Benjy and Kitty are already together in the beginning, so we didn’t get the development of the relationship – it was inspiring. It was the driving point for Kitty, and she did whatever she had to do to keep him safe.
I wasn’t super impressed by the characters, but I did really like Knox! I hope to see more of him in the sequel ;)
The world building was pretty solid, although I didn’t understand how one man could rise to dictator power basically overnight. In order to get to that, we wouldn’t be able to have a government, and the fall of the government would surely be a long process (I hope?!). But we have a time frame, which earns major brownie points with me: 71 years in the future. A lot can happen in that amount of time.
I’m sad to say that this one didn’t necessarily leave a lasting impression, but it was an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to fans of the dystopian genre!
Even if we’d never met, even if you never existed, I would still love you beyond all reason for the rest of my life.
“Kitty. Is that short for something?”
“Yeah,” I said. “It’s short for ‘my mother was insane and had a thing for cats.'”
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5